I'm too old for muscles!
Excuses, excuses, excuses. I don't accept them and I won't accept this one: "I'm too old to get stronger!" All too often, our great seniors have this belief that weakness is part of old age and that the geriatric body simply cannot get stronger. They believe that it is essentially inevitable that they will have more difficulty with functional activity as time goes on in their lives, which results in an unfounded level of hopelessness. Folks in their 80s are 40% weaker than they were in their 20s, but, their ability to improve strength is still very viable.
Look...exercise should be considered in the same vain as prescription medication. Patients take pills when prescribed by their doctors without question. But, there are many who balk at the idea of exercise (therapy) when "prescribed" by the same physician. The contrast is in the fact that pills are easy and exercise is not. Pills take no effort and exercise is all about effort. There is belief that pills work at any age but exercise is only for the young. Exercise should be performed as regularly as taking your pills.
Science is a great thing because it produces facts. The fact is that the muscles of the human body will react in the same manner at any age when exposed to regular exercise. Without going into details and statistics, there are numerous studies that prove this fact. Thus, we can improve strength at any age. If I could simplify my livelihood, it would center around this fact. I work every day with folks in their 80's, 90's, and even over 100 years of age and THEY GET STRONGER if they are compliant with our interventions.
So...here is a formal invitation to all the readers out there and their elderly family members. If you are young, get off your butts and get moving because the more you move, the healthier you will be...consider it practice for old age...prepare your body to live happily into your "golden years." If you are close to or sitting in those "golden years", find a way to take advantage of the professional guidance of a therapist who will evaluate your functional weakness and make recommendations in order to get back your quality of life. Do not yield to the mistaken belief that you cannot improve....you can!
Old age ain't for sissies...This was quoted from Bettie Davis, and she is absolutely correct. The good news is that I don't know many sissies that have made it to "old age." There are 168 hours in a week. Take 3 of those hours and get moving so that you can enjoy your life as long as possible. Fight osteoporosis, arthritis, lethargy, pain, and even dementia!! If you don't know how to do it, we can certainly help you...it's our job to help you improve your quality of life. Each journey starts with one step...take that step.
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